Beyond the Sun - Chris Isaak
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's latest release from Sun Records is a cover album of hit songs that were originally recorded by such artist as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    100
    A 19-track behemoth of (mainly) Sun Records covers, executed so faithfully that they could have been mouldering in a Memphis vault for 50 years.
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    80
    It's hardly a novel idea to cover these songs, but Isaak's versions succeed through skilful arrangement, vibrant recording (mostly at Sun) and above all some remarkable vocal performances.
  3. BTS is a covers album recorded at and paying tribute to Memphis's Sun Studios, deploying tumbleweed guitar twang, and occasionally, the falsetto.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    If you like Isaak you're probably already a fan of some of his idols, and nothing here outdoes the originals (and certainly even he knows nothing could). So even though Beyond the Sun isn't strictly necessary, it's great balls of fun.
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Beyond the Sun plays it cool and plays it authentic--these aren't reinterpretations, but sincere homages--and if this doesn't have much grit, it has plenty of style and heart.
  6. Oct 20, 2011
    60
    It's unlikely that anyone will prefer the covers to the originals, but Isaak's fans will find plenty to enjoy in this rock 'n' roll love letter to a bygone era.
  7. May 31, 2012
    60
    Isaak, whose singing voice is naturally full and resonant, is most at home with the Presley tunes... but the Lewis and Perkins homages don't quite add up. [Jan 2012, p.91]

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